Bravo, African Masters!

first_imgFirst clarification must be made as to what African Masters are being referred to here.  Please note that these are not African slave Masters, Head Masters or Master Sergeants!  The Masters referred to here are those great African artists/craftsmen of many centuries ago, whose “classical” works of art have claimed so much attention that they are now objects of world-tour.  True to that, the pieces were on display in major art institutions in the US during 2010.  They have been a great marvel at the British Museum (BM) in London, which is today the proud custodian of these priceless pieces.For over three decades, Africans scholars as well as civil societies concerned with African heritage both on and outside of the continent have been part of a chorus that is continually clamoring for the return of precious pieces such as the Face of Idia, the ivory mask of Queen Idia of the then Benin Empire among other great works of art by African masters on grounds that the pieces were said to have been looted, trafficked, seized or simply bartered for item(s) far below their true value.  Research has also shown that some of the pieces in question were given as gifts to some of the collectors that presently possess them today, “a case in point was in 1973 when General Yakubu Gowon, the then Nigerian head of state, took an antique brass head of a Benin King from the National Museum in Lagos and presented it as a gift to the Queen of England on her state visit [to that nation]” (New African magazine, May 2010 issue).When an item is given as a gift, it becomes the legitimate property of the one who receives that gift, however, often at times friends or relatives of the generous giver will frown when they consider the item is too precious to be given as a gift!  Sometimes also, displeasure is made known when an item is believed to have been sold for a price far below its true value.  A friend from la Cote d’Ivoire confirmed this during a candid conversation, to the point of drawing parallel between the above and the current crisis in that country: years ago, some not-so-wealthy Ivoirians sold their lands in order to educate their children, once educated, the children discovered that their desperate parents were ‘cheated’ on the land deal, now, they want these lands back!  Similar scenario is unfolding all over Liberia.While for the most part there is no clear reliable knowledge as to whether these works of art by African Masters were legally obtained or not, the debate and call for their return to their countries of origins continues to grow daily, gaining new audiences and forums every time, yet, Africans have not come to a point to award credit to the artists behind the pieces or intellectual properties.  Giving credit to writers, musicians and artists for their intellectual works is a very important issue in the creative world today.  Even if these masters whose works have claimed world attention and debate at the same time are not known by name, because perhaps sufficient research has not been made in that direction, the synergies of African scholars and heritage civil societies are geared toward bringing the pieces back!  Oh, that’s nice; interest is in the pieces and not the people that created the pieces. In Europe and the Americas, people who did such incredible works are referred to today as “Masters”.  I am sure our African scholars have seen the word before.  If, on the other hand, we do not want to be repetitive, using the same words, why can’t a befitting name be coined for those artists?If a befitting name cannot be found today to describe past African artists, it is very unlikely that a name will be found for present day artists on the continent. Where does this leave us then?  Will we not find ourselves singing a new song after another two centuries from today?  Many may say no, but the answer is yes!Today a demand is made for works of art whose creators we do not know, at the same time ignoring the present works created by the African artist just next door, sometimes even ignoring his very existence and atelier.  A typical example is the 2008 scenario in Liberia, where an entire cultural village that came to life in the 60s was demolished in favor of a modern resort center just outside the capital Monrovia (see Daily Observer Vol. 12 No. 66 ‘“Minister [of culture] Misled Me” – President [Ellen Johnson Sirleaf] on Kendeja Riot’ & Vol.12 No 70 ‘Bropleh [Minister of Culture] to Face Legislative Inquest – on Kendeja School Project’).If solid structures are not put in place now to safeguard present works of art being created on the continent by African artists and craftsmen, what will be done with the 600 pieces currently being exhibited by the British Museum, not to mention the 200,000 pieces in the Museum’s warehouse if it was brought back on the continent?  What about the 580 pieces in the Ethnology Museum in Berlin;  or 400 pieces in the Field Museum, Chicago; and the Art Institute of Chicago that has 20 pieces?Thanks to countries such as France, Italy and Germany for returning some of these artifacts to Nigeria, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.  From all indications, it is known that very good care is being taken of the pieces.  Why?  It is because the countries concerned missed those precious pieces for a very long time, and one would only develop love for something that one misses, in this case, these priceless artifacts created by African masters many, many years ago?   Another big thanks to Germany again for retuning the “Stone Alligator” piece to Liberia!  But for now, let the rest of the pieces remain where they have been all along.  Their current homes, where they have been over the past decades, are now their ‘natural habitat’.(Editor’s note: this article was first published in 2010, following that publication, a cultural network – ARTerial Network – based in in Cape Town, South Africa asked for permission to post it on its website: www.arterialnetwork.orgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minibus union meets with Govt officials

first_imgMembers of the United Minibus Union (UMU), supported by leaders and representatives of several minibus routes, met with several senior consumer officers to submit a proposal to Business Minister Dominic Gaskin to decide a way forward with respect to transportation cost, as fuel prices continue to escalate.According to President of the United Minibus Union, Eon Andrews, the bus operators would be unwilling to lower the proposed fare hike even if the price for gasoline decreases, since they are faced with much burdensome expenditure, and this is compounded by fluctuating gas prices.“We are expected to meet the minister maybe by Wednesday, so we will be able to go about handling this situation of bus fares, and even other matters in the minibus sector,” Andrews stated. Other bus operators related that the rise in fuel prices is taking a toll on them.The Union has asserted that minibus operators would continue protest action until a resolution is arrived at. The union, on Wednesday last, said the sudden hike in fuel prices would burden consumers. In a strongly worded statement to the media, the union said Government must stop “turning a blind eye to what is taking place” and proactively act in the interest of people. Gas station prices for fuel have increased rapidly from $215 per litre last week to prices ranging from $230 to $250 per litre this week. That situation continues as the Government remains indifferent and mum on the matter. Nevertheless, the Department of Public Information (DPI) on Thursday issued claims of price structures, which appeared to be cheaper than what recent reports suggest.This comes after the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana urged Government to act swiftly on the matter.On Wednesday, the trade union said this sudden hike in fuel prices will burden consumers. In a strongly worded statement to the media, the union said Government must stop “turning a blind eye to what is taking place” and proactively act in the interest of people.However, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin had disclosed that the matter was still to be addressed by Cabinet.last_img read more

Hairdresser nabbed with cocaine, ecstasy stuffed in bra

first_imgA Surinamese hairdresser has been taken into custody by the Guyana Police Force after she was found with a quantity of cocaine and ecstasy pills stuffed in her brassiere on Saturday morning.The discovery was made at about 08:30h, shortly after the woman arrived in Guyana at the Backtrack Route at the Number 78 Foreshore, Corentyne, Berbice.According to Public Relations Officer of the Police Force, Jairam Ramlakhan, the 27-year-old, who is said to be a hairdresser of Charlesburg, Paramaribo, Suriname, arrived in Guyana via the backtrack route and when a routine search was conducted by officers manning the port, the prohibited substances were found stashed in her undergarment.Upon further examination, it was revealed that the suspect was in possession of 247 grams of cocaine and 100 grams of ecstasy (192 pills). The Surinamese was taken into custody and is being processed for court.last_img read more

3 teams taste victory

first_imgECCC Bargain Supermarket T20…Enmore, Enterprise ‘A’ and Lusignan recorded victories in the East Coast Cricket Committee Bargain Supermarket T20 played on Sunday last.Kamesh YadramIn the first matchup of the day, fans saw Enmore defeat Golden Grove. Enmore won the toss and decided to bat first, posting 163 for 9 in their allotted 20 overs. Brian Sattaur top-scored with 48, and Amir Khan and Chris Surat chipped in with (37) and (27) respectively, while O Gardener and Richie Woolford grabbed two wickets apiece.In reply to this mammoth total, Golden Grove crumbled to a meagre 44 all out, with Khan ripping through the batting with figures of 4 for 12. He was well supported by Rudolph Singh, who took 2 for 6 from 4 overs.In the day’s second encounter, Enterprise ‘A’ overcame Better Hope ‘B’ by 6 wickets. Winning the toss and electing to bowl, Enterprise ‘A’ destroyed Better Hope ‘B’ by demolishing their batting lineup for 56 all out. R Singh and Clive Rampersaud scored 15 each, while Kamesh Yadram captured 4-10 and Pradesh Balkishun 2-7.In reply, Enterprise reached 57-4, with Yadram scoring 16 to lead the way.Playing on their home ground, Lusignan, who batted first, defeated Paradise by 19 runs, despite posting 112 for 9 from 16 overs due to inclement weather. Kumar Bishundyal top-scored with 27, and was well supported by Tameshwar Motiram, who scored 24. Jermaine Martin bagged 3 for 21, while W Ramsammy took 2 for 16.A valiant effort from Paradise could only manage 93 for 8 in 16 overs, with Q Douglas top-scoring with 24. Jason Heyliger took 3 for 28 and Kumar Bishundyal claimed 2 for 14.Lusignan ‘B’ bested the Ogle cricket team at Ogle by 10 runs. Batting first, Lusignan ‘B’ managed 117-9, with Marvin Persaud scoring 28 and Azad Mohamed 24. Andrew Samaroo and Andrew Gomes grabbed two wickets apiece.In reply, Ogle were restricted to 107-8, with Samaroo making 31 and A Sinclair contributing 21. Navin Persaud and Imran Khan took 2 each for the opposition.The competition continues this Sunday at Lusignan, ECD. Lusignan ‘A’ will face Enterprise ‘A’, and Lusignan ‘B’ will take on Enmore. Better Hope will tackle hosts Strathavon at 13:00hrs in the other scheduled match.Photo: Amir KhanKamesh Yadramlast_img read more

Bump n run

first_imgNew England’s Doug Flutie converts the first successful drop kick in the NFL since 1941 during Sunday’s game. Seattle record breaker Shaun Alexander said his offensive line was more excited about a chance at the league rushing title than he was. The NFL touchdown record was another matter. “It’s more fulfilling to be 13-3, to know we’re in the playoffs and we don’t have to play next week,” Alexander said. “Those are more fulfilling than the rushing title. The scoring title, the touchdowns, I do like that. That’s pretty cool.” Alexander set both marks on Sunday in the Seattle Seahawks’ 23-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers. First, he established the NFL single-season mark for touchdowns by scoring his 28th early in the second quarter. On third-and-goal at the 1, Alexander took a handoff from Matt Hasselbeck, got a block from fullback Mack Strong and raised his hand in triumph, untouched, for his 100th career TD. “I know there was one play that there was no reason in the world for Green Bay to line up the way they lined up (defensively),” he said. “You kind of understood that the game was not a normal game for us or them, and it was just weird. I like the other way better.” Priest Holmes set his mark in 2003 with 27 touchdowns – all rushing. Alexander, who ran for 73 yards on 20 first-half carries Sunday, also had 27 touchdowns rushing and added one receiving this season. Just before halftime, Alexander’s 3-yard run vaulted him ahead of New York Giants’ running back Tiki Barber as the league rushing leader. Alexander finished with 1,880 yards, 20 ahead of Barber, who ran for 203 yards on Saturday night in a 30-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders. At this rate, we’ll see it again in the 2069 season center_img For 21 years, Doug Flutie’s career has been defined by one play. Now the “Hail Flutie” has its historic bookend. The 43-year-old Patriots backup converted the NFL’s first successful drop kick since 1941, making an extra point in the fourth quarter of the Miami Dolphins’ mostly meaningless 28-26 victory Sunday over New England. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Web site, the league’s last drop kick for points was Dec. 21, 1941, when Ray “Scooter” McLean converted for the Chicago Bears to beat the New York Giants 37-9 in the NFL championship game. The ball was more round until 1934, making the bounce more predictable. And the rules were changed to require the kicker to be behind the line of scrimmage, relegating the drop kick to a riskier version of a place kick or extra point. But when ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman mentioned to New England coach Belichick that he’d seen Flutie drop kick, the coach called his quarterback into his office and asked if he could do it. “I said, ‘I could do it,”‘ Flutie said. “‘There’s no real application for it, but I could do it.”‘ A tearful goodbye, as expected With trademark tears in his eyes, Dick Vermeil said this is really it – a third retirement means he’s out of football. Unlike his other two retirements, there’ll be no returning to the profession he loves so dearly, Vermeil tearfully told a news conference Sunday after his Kansas City Chiefs beat Cincinnati 37-3. He teared up and had to pause several times after the game Sunday while thanking Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt and team president Carl Peterson for giving him an opportunity. “I didn’t get you to a Super Bowl, Lamar,” he told the owner, who sat a few feet away and also appeared to be tight-lipped. “But you’ll get there some day, and I’ll go with you.” When he looks back at a lifetime of coaching, Vermeil said he will remember the people. He’ll think about the fresh-faced high school kids where it all began in San Jose and San Mateo. He’ll recall the youngsters at UCLA he took to the Rose Bowl and led to an upset of then-No. 1 Ohio State in 1976. There’ll be the memories of Philadelphia and a Super Bowl, of winning the Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams, and the last five years in Kansas City. “I think of watching people go through transitions in their career, to go from one level to the next level,” he said. “All those things are very real.” Vermeil also made it clear he would like to see offensive coordinator Al Saunders move up to replace him. One other possibility who’s often been mentioned has been New York Jets coach Herman Edwards, an old friend of Peterson. Cardinals set records Arizona’s Neil Rackers broke the NFL’s single-season field goal record by hitting a 42-yarder with 10:59 left in the game Sunday at Indianapolis, his 40th field goal this season. Rackers broke the mark set by Miami’s Olindo Mare in 1999 and tied by St. Louis’ Jeff Wilkins in 2003. He tied the record with a 28-yarder in the second quarter. The Cardinals also hit another milestone late in the game, becoming the first team in five years with two receivers to catch 100 passes. Larry Fitzgerald caught his 100th pass in the first quarter Sunday, and Anquan Boldin caught his 100th pass in the fourth period. It marked the first time a receiving duo on the same team had 100 receptions in the same season since the 2000 Denver Broncos with Ed McCaffrey and Rod Smith. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

McConnell moves to Irish League side on loan deal

first_imgLetterkenny man Ryan McConnell has agreed an extension of his current contract with Finn Harps until the end of the 2017 season. The former Manchester United academy player will now join Ballinamallard Utd on loan for six months where the young defender will be hoping to establish himself in the Irish League side’s first team.Finn Harps F.C. wish Ryan well and hope to see him back for pre-season in January.  The club would also like to thank Liam Flatley well in his future career after he signed for Ballinamallard last week. McConnell moves to Irish League side on loan deal was last modified: July 28th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ballinamallardfinn harpsLoan dealRyan McConnelllast_img read more

DONEGAL TO HOST MAJOR EUROPEAN CONFERENCE

first_imgDonegal will play host to a major European Conference which will see up to 100 delegates from various European countries visiting Letterkenny over the course of three days in October 2014.This conference which is being hosted by Donegal County Council, is being organised by the Assembly of the European Regions (AER) in partnership with SmartCare and the ENGAGED network.It will attract policy and decisions makers from a range of European countries including France, Denmark, Italy, Turkey and the UK and will focus on E-health, Independence and Inclusion in the 21st Century. Seamus Neely, Chief Executive with Donegal County Council said that “securing this high profile conference is a great opportunity for Donegal and for Letterkenny and it is dealing with the theme of health which is very relevant to this region”. He added “this conference will see visitors from various European countries visiting the county and it is a great opportunity to showcase what Donegal has to offer as a place to do business, a place to visit and a place to live in. The Council is currently working with a number of key partner organisations in preparing for this conference and we want to make sure that all the delegates have a positive and memorable experience of their visit to Donegal”.The conference which takes place from the 20th to 23rd October is being organised by the Assembly of the European Regions which is the largest independent network of regional authorities in wider Europe bringing together nearly 230 regions from 35 countries along with 15 interregional organisations. It is a forum for interregional co-operation and a lobbyist for regional interests on the European stage.This conference will take the form of a 3 day political debate and a variety of seminars and workshops will provide a unique opportunity to share experiences, engage with regional politicians and officers from across Europe and promote further European interregional co-operation in the field of active & healthy ageing.President of the Assembly of the European Regions Hande Ozsan Bozatli will be in attendance over the course of the conference and one of the main highlights over the three days will be meeting with the Donegal Youth Council and sharing learning and experiences from projects and initiatives in Donegal, many of which have benefited from European funding programmes. To register for this conference visit www.aer.eu/en/events.html DONEGAL TO HOST MAJOR EUROPEAN CONFERENCE was last modified: September 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:conferenceDonegal County Councillast_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL – DONEGAL GOES GAA GAA FOR SAM

first_imgMinor star Lorcan Connors takes a ‘Selfie for Sam’ at Loreto Milford, ahead of Sunday’s clash with Kerry.Donegal has gone GAA GAA for Sam, the county is awash with colour and excitement ahead of the All-Ireland Senior and Minor finals against Kerry at Croke Park on Sunday.Above are a selection of fantastic snaps, portraying the excitement being felt all over the county ahead of Sunday’s double header with Kerry. Below is a poem sent into us by Roisin Kelly called On The Road, which captures the mood in Donegal at the moment.On The RoadWe’re all on the road to Dublin once againTo take Uncle Sam home after winning the game Along the way we met a lot of tricky boysWho talked and ranted all they made was noiseThe biggest and best thrill that we had to dateWas beating the Dubs at their own front gateThe thought they had us right from the very startBut then they discovered they weren’t so smart It wasn’t so easy getting two teams this farAnd it’s not over yet we have still Kerry to scarWith Declan and Jim’s boys really doing us so proudLet’s get behind them and shout out loud Let’s hope on Sunday when it’s all over and doneThe whole of Ireland knows Donegal is number oneUP DONEGALPICTURE SPECIAL – DONEGAL GOES GAA GAA FOR SAM was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA GAAnewspicture specialSportlast_img read more

Sea Harvest helps children in need

first_imgZoe Brown (Radio DJ & TV Presenter) with Cadi Chloe de Jager, an 8-year-old past patient and champion for the ICU campaign. (Image and Video: CH Trust)A fishing company is contributing to medical assistance for children who need specialised care and urgent surgery.Sea Harvest has contributed R300 000 to the Children’s Hospital Trust, the official fundraiser of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, in Cape Town, as part of its Kids for Kids initiative. The initiative has been running for six years; through it, a portion of the sales of selected Sea Harvest crumbed fish products are donated to the trust.The latest contribution brings the amount donated to the trust so far to R1.6-million since the Kids for Kids initiative was launched.“Often we consider the state of the world and the pain and suffering that others experience and we feel powerless,” said Jared Patel, Sea Harvest’s marketing manager. “However, each year we inform consumers about the drive, which usually runs from November to February, to provide them with an opportunity to be a part of this initiative.“Since 2010, Sea Harvest’s Kids for Kids initiative has donated funds to the trust for various projects at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, including a surgical skills training centre, a general medical ward, a new medical imaging complex, and a Childsafe Research and Educational Centre.”The funds donated will go towards an upgraded and expanded paediatric intensive care unit (ICU), the largest such unit for children in Africa.It currently has 22 beds for critically ill or injured children who come for specialised care and emergency surgeries from South Africa and other African countries. The demands on this unit are higher than its capacity to deliver.Thanks to donations from Sea Harvest and others, the first of four sections in the expanded ICU will be opened next month and the full ICU will be ready in October 2017.“There is a dire need to expand the ICU to accommodate up to 39 beds, which includes a 10-bed high care unit for neonatal patients and the establishment of eight isolation cubicles,” said Louise Driver, the trust’s CEO.“It is not only the increased amount of beds that is essential, but also the provision of more space around beds to comfortably accommodate critical life-saving equipment. Thanks to donors like Sea Harvest, we are able to fund important projects like this that ultimately help to save children’s lives.”Watch Cadi, who has personally experienced being sick at a tender age, speak about the ICU campaign. She is so passionate about it, she has taken on the fundraising as a personal crusade and is the youngest champion ever of the Children’s Hospital Trust.last_img read more

Elimination of Section 199 proposed in tax reform

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While a myriad of details are currently being hashed out in Congress regarding the tax reform measures that are a priority for the Trump Administration, there are some concerns in rural America concerning the debate. Language in the House version of the tax cuts includes eliminating the Section 199 deduction. The Section 199 deduction (or Domestic Production Activities Deduction) was enacted in 2004 as a part of the American Jobs Creation Act. The deduction applies to proceeds from agricultural products that are manufactured or marketed through cooperatives. The majority of co-ops pass the benefit through directly to their farmer members.The House has passed H.R. 1 that includes the repeal.“The deduction returns nearly $2 billion annually to rural areas across the country, so it has been good for agriculture and for rural America,” said Chris Henney, president and CEO of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association. “In its current form, H.R. 1 repeals Section 199 with the assumption that cooperatives and their members would benefit from the proposed reduction in corporate and individual tax rates. We believe that the tax cuts they are talking about would not compensate for the repeal of Section 199. The House Tax Cut and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) is intended to drive economic growth by lowering business taxes, but there have been concerns with the repeal of Section 199. Overall this tax reform is a good thing, there is just this piece that is of concern to the cooperative community, and rightly so.”Now that the Senate has taken up the tax reform discussion, Section 199 is being considered there as well.“A lot can still change with this but as of now the repeal of Section 199 is still in there and it could be very damaging for cooperatives in the state,” Henney said. “The cooperative world has certainly taken notice and they are reaching out to their delegation in the Senate across the country.”Back in October a letter was sent to Congress pointing out the potential ramifications of a 199 repeal for rural America. The letter was signed by United Producers, Inc., Ohio Dairy Producers Association, American Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union, among many others.“Ending the Section 199 deduction for agriculture would result in many individual farmers paying more in taxes, as most do not pay under the corporate code and the current proposal will not overcome the loss of the deduction,” the letter said. “In many cases farmers will see a double-digit increase in their tax bill under the proposed plan.”In addition, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) expressed strong opposition to the proposed 199 repeal.“In a time of continued low commodity prices, those hardworking Americans who grow our food can ill afford for Congress to pass a law that will raise their taxes,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. “It would be a strange irony indeed if a Republican Congress and a Republican president pass a law that increases taxes on America’s farmers.”last_img read more